SPRING HILL — In memory of Zeus, the dog whose euthanization set off a controversy a year ago this month, volunteers have organized a community celebration of all the changes that have been made at Hernando County Animal Services.
Animal rescue organizations, county workers and officials, Animal Services staffers and anyone else who's interested are invited to the celebration, which will take place at 10 a.m. April 27 near the flag pole at Veterans Memorial Park, 12254 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
No speeches are planned, but volunteers plan to spread Zeus' ashes at the park and distribute a list of the improvements that have taken place at the Animal Services shelter since Zeus was euthanized within minutes after being dropped off at the shelter.
The improvements include adding a managing veterinarian, a veterinary assistant and an animal advocate, and a rescue and volunteer coordinator, as well as establishing an operating and medical treatment room.
The changes have resulted in a turnaround in euthanasia statistics. While the live outcome rate for animals brought to the shelter had been just 30 percent, it has grown to approximately 70 percent.
Refreshments will be served.